My Lake House: Before & After

  I moved to a little rental house in the summer of 2019 which was walking distance from two of my favorite lakes in Minneapolis. It was a 1170 sq ft duplex that needed a lot of elbow grease and came with a litany of small annoyances, so to reframe the challenge I dubbed it […]

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My $27 Wedding Dress

My elopement was really the first of three planned weddings. The second is in Maharashtra, India, in traditional Hindu style with my husband’s family. The third is in our home in Minneapolis, with close friends and family and a ceremony incorporating my parents and children, who are not able to go to India, and traditions […]

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Magazine Quiz: “Are You a Good Communicator?”

I completed an editorial internship for an international children’s magazine with a circulation of over 3 million. My bylines include 17 published activity ideas and articles. I edited content of five full magazine issue, and was lead editor of five articles. I created the writing and structure of this quiz as original content. This article […]

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Product Description: Alessi Bowl

As part of my role as a marketing content specialist for an online retailer, I uploaded more than 500 products from more than 50 brands. This included editing or photographing images, providing specs, and increasing traffic with an SEO-tailored, but naturally voiced product description. Center of attention. The Alessi Opus Centerpiece Bowl captivates attention on […]

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Editorial: “All-Purpose Recycler”

      Without prior knowledge of the auto parts recycling industry, I developed a rapport with the owner of a major metals recycling facility for a feature article in the industry’s premier publication, the online magazine Locator Upfront. This was a freelance assignment, and I was given the contact information for the owner. The […]

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Most Popular Pins

These 9 pins have been most popular on my Pinterest lately. Touring NYC with young kids Nursery of Celia Munoz Anthropologie Furry Companion Knob Paolina’s Gentle Yoga Flow Playlist Modern Chemistry at Home kitchen painted BM Healing Aloe Kate Spade Metro Chalkboard Watch Trundle Bed Meat-Free Protiens Lemon Poppyseed Old-Fashioned Donuts  

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Do or Don’t: Hide Book Spines

via My Paradissi I will come right out and say, I don’t like the styling trick of books facing backward on the shelf. Prioritizing beige over ease of access to books is squarely in the realm of impractical design. I hope it is a trend that dies soon. Now, I’m going to show you bookshelves […]

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DIY Gnome Toppers

Every year, I attempt to craft something for my family in Finland. I am not successful every year, but this year, I am pleased to report that my hot glue gun skills came through. What is the “black thumb” equivalent for crafting? Smudge thumb? I just made that up. Even if you have “smudge thumb”, […]

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Pretty Links

Your 2016 Guide for Gifts That Give Back {For Women} is amazing! Seriously, go covet every pick in good conscious. I LOVE The Good Trade.   I’ve been giving myself a pep talk to craft some Christmas tree ornaments with the kids this year. Landee See Landee Do has a good round-up, including those Pom […]

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Gifts Parents Wish Their Kids Would Get

I’m not the grandparents’ ideal when it comes to gift-giving. If you ask me what the kids would like, I will give very specific suggestions and beg you not to deviate from the list. I don’t like to “help” my kids manage a lot of things. But kids who seem to have everything can be […]

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